All you need to know about Beijing

Beijing, also named Peking, is the capital city of the People’s Republic of China with a history dating back three millennia. The city has an urban population of 21 million making it the world’s most densely populated capital. Beijing is a vast, global city and is the political, cultural and educational centre of China. Its popularity as a business destination has seen the expansion of our serviced apartments in Beijing. The city is one of the oldest in the world and is known for its modern and traditional architecture. Ancient sites include the grand Forbidden City, The Great Wall, and the expansive Tiananmen Square.

Due to the growing Chinese economy, Beijing has become a popular destination for business travellers. Along with Shanghai, the city is regularly visited by SilverDoor clients from all around the world. Beijing is home to a collection of large Chinese companies, alongside multi-national corporations. This growth in business travel has triggered an increase in demand for corporate accommodation. Our Beijing serviced apartments are varied and can cater for all types of business travel. We offer studio and one bedroom apartments which are ideal for solo business travellers, whilst also having two, three and four bedroom options for multiple clients or families relocating to China. Begin your business trip to the Chinese capital by browsing our selection of serviced apartments in Beijing.


WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STAYING IN BEIJING?

Having booked your SilverDoor serviced apartment, it is time to prepare for your trip to Beijing. We have put together some essential information to help prepare you for your stay in the Chinese capital.

 

Transport in Beijing

Beijing is served by two major international airports. Beijing Capital (PEK) is located 20 miles to the northeast of the city, with the recently established Beijing Daxing (PKX) situated 30 miles south of Beijing. The airport express train operates every 12 minutes from Beijing Capital International Airport. Changing at Dongzhimen onto Line two is necessary to reach central Beijing. Another option is the airport shuttle bus that runs a direct service to Beijing every 30 minutes, taking approximately one hour. From Beijing Daxing (PKX), the new Beijing – Xiong’an offers rail transport to Beijing West Railway Station in as little as 20 minutes, with the new Airport Subway offering an alternative route to the city. Similarly to Beijing Capital (PEK), shuttle buses are an option, with taxi transport also provided.

Once in Beijing, the most efficient method of travelling around the Chinese capital is by foot or taking the subway. Beijing’s subway system is efficiently operated and cost effective, with tickets starting at three Yuan. Single tickets and reloadable travel cards are available for purchase at most stations. Buses and taxis are also options, although due to congestion in central Beijing are likely to take longer. Our serviced apartments in Beijing are centrally located, each with transport links nearby.

 

Weather in Beijing

Beijing has a humid climate influenced by monsoons. Summers in Beijing are hot and humid due to the East Asian monsoon, with winters in the city being cold and dry as characterised by the Siberian anticyclone. Spring often brings in sandstorms blown across from the Gobi Desert, alongside warm conditions. Humidity is a constant in Beijing, with autumn being a transitional season with minimal precipitation. 

 

Cuisine in Beijing

Beijing roast duck, or Peking duck, is the epitome of Beijing cuisine and a must try when visiting the city. This dish can be traced back over 600 years, when chefs from all over China navigated the Forbidden City and cooked for the Emperor. These chefs are credited with bringing roast duck to the Chinese people, as the majority worked in Beijing restaurants following the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. Beijing has an extensive range of cuisine, with the city adopting culinary traditions from all over China.

 

History in Beijing

The Chinese capital has been home to six notable governments throughout history. In 221BC, China became united by the First Emperor, having previously been the capital of the ancient states of Ji and Yan. The Mongol led Yuan dynasty made Dadu the capital of the whole of China when seizing power in 1279. Beijing remained the capital throughout the Ming dynasty, Qing dynasty and the early Republic of China. In October 1949, The People’s Republic of China was founded by Chairman Mao Zedong


INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BEIJING

-          -   In 2022, Beijing will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics, having hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008.

-          -   Beijing is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites including The Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

-          -   The city has changed name 15 times and has been the capital city of China on six separate occasions.

-          -   Beijing is widely regarded as one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back to over 3000 years ago.

-          -   China’s official language, Mandarin, is based on the dialects and accents of the Beijing population.

-          -   Owing to its extensive history and strong cultural roots, Beijing is a significant cultural hub within China.


WHAT IS A SERVICED APARTMENT?

Our SilverDoor serviced apartments in Beijing offer a place for comfort and relaxation in a very busy city. Our business accommodation is fully furnished, modern, spacious and created with business travellers in mind. Located in central Beijing, our corporate apartments offer a unique flexibility that is rarely an option in the typical hotel. Firstly, our clients can choose how regular they would be a housekeeping service. This flexibility allows for fewer intrusions which will make them feel at home in Beijing. Secondly, our serviced accommodation in Beijing is equipped with cooking facilities which gives our corporate clients the flexibility of choosing to eat in one of the capital’s fine restaurants, or cooking at home. Consequently, serviced apartments often work out more affordable than their hotel counterparts. Finally, the average one bedroom serviced apartment in Beijing is roughly twice the size of a standard hotel room. Not only does this give you more room to relax, the extra space provides our clients with the option of entertaining guests or conducting meetings in the living space.


WHY CHOOSE A SERVICED APARTMENT IN BEIJING WITH SILVERDOOR?

Choosing a serviced apartment in Beijing with SilverDoor brings a wide range of benefits. With over 20 years in the corporate accommodation industry, we are best placed to ensure that your business trip runs smoothly. At SilverDoor we understand that that every business taveller has different needs, which is why our expert booking agents do their upmost to locate the best apartment for each client. With a solid expertise in the industry, our booking agents strive to ensure that every client is completely satisfied with the quality of their accommodation and the level of service they encounter. Having a vast knowledge of our apartment providers in Beijing, we always aim to offer the best accommodation in the city. We are always looking to expand our portfolio of top quality accommodation in the Chinese capital, underlining our commitment to offering the best serviced apartments in Beijing.